Mark A. Krasner, CPA Esq. is a founding partner of Blanchard, Krasner & French. He has over 36 years of ezperience as a CPA & Attorney. Mark’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax matters, family law, purchases and sales, litigation, licensing, corporate and partnership structuring and reorganizations, international trade, tax and estate planning. Mark’s practice areas: business, civil litigation, family, financial institutions, real estate and trust & estate.
Abigail G. Stephenson is a Nevada and California licensed attorney. Abbey’s areas of practice focus on privately held companies and is able to meet the majority of their legal needs from formation through dissolution including intellectual property licensing and protection. She provides estate planning and probate and trust litigation services. Abbey’s practice areas: business, employment, intellectual property, real estate and trust & estate.
Visit their website: www.BKFLaw.com
Steven Saylor is the Executive Director at the Comstock Foundation. The Comstock Foundation was the Boundary Peak Award Winner 2018. As a fine artist with a background in commercial advertising and marketing, Steven holds a B.F.A. & M.A. from Kent State University. He has worked for advertising agencies in Akron, New York, and Reno, holding positions as Art Director and Television Director from 1968 to 1974. He has instructed illustration, design, oil painting, watercolor, and photography at Kent State University and the University of Nevada System/Western Nevada College. His work in academia includes the development of art and photography classes at Western Nevada College. Steven also was a working cowboy from 1974-1982 in the Dayton Valley. First working for Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Allran Ranch and then with the Rolling A Ranch. Ranch work by day, teaching at night.
Janet Chubb guides clients throughout the country in enforcement of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Jann was the first woman to serve on the Nevada Board of Bar Governors, the body which oversees all licensed lawyers in the state. She is the first of only two lawyers in the state of Nevada to be inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy, an organization of approximately 800 elite bankruptcy professionals worldwide. Jann has written articles on various bankruptcy issues and speaks before a variety of professional groups and local, state and national legal associations. She has been an active Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge resolving many appellate cases since 1997.
Jann is a Trustee and Chair of the Driving Force Committee of the National Auto Museum, The Harrah Collection. She is also Board Counsel to Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Jann was formerly a board member of the American Cancer Society, counsel to Theater Arts Coalition, Trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada and President, Sparks YMCA. Jann has been named one of Northern Nevada’s Top 35 bankruptcy attorneys by American Registry. She has been a licensed real estate broker for over 25 years and been a Settlement Judge with the Nevada Supreme Court since 1997. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Bankruptcy Certification from 1994-2000.
Born in New Jersey, Christian studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. With a focus on Studio and Portrait photography, he studied under the esteemed Danish photographer Hans Neleman. After a number of years living and working in New York he headed west. Always evolving, he found himself immersed in the fashion private label industry in Los Angeles, photographing product and fashion campaigns for numerous brands and companies over the course of 15 years. Since arriving to Reno NV, he has concentrated on his portrait work, lifestyle and product photography. His client list in Reno has steadily grown and he looks to make more of an impact in the corporate photography world. Having worked with companies such as Atypical events for Nevada Humane Society, Red Carpet Events company for Renown Medical, Z Bar and Patio in Midtown, Mabble media for Heavenly and Northstar Resorts, Nevada Nano and Sword International.
Q&D first opened its doors in 1964 when Norm Dianda and friend Lawrence Quadrio successfully negotiated their first project…a $600 kitchen remodel. In 2014, Q&D celebrated 50 years of building relationships and teamwork across the U.S. Born in Reno, NV, Norm grew up in rural south Reno, the son of a railroad worker. He later moved to his grandfather’s farm where he always had an interest in working with his hands and building projects. As a teenager, he went to work for a significant person in his life: George Sergeant, owner of the Sergeant Showcase and Fixture Shop where he honed his carpentry skills and business acumen.
Though Mr. Quadrio has passed, Norm has kept the “Q” in honor of his friend and business partner. A simple tribute that sums up the respect and dedication to partnership on which Q&D was founded. Norm has continued to emphasize that everything Q&D is involved with will be built with the three guiding principles that started the organization…service, integrity and quality.
Visit their website: www.qdconstruction.com
Mike and Katrina discuss the ins and outs the gaming industry with Chad Marquardt, CPA from CLA in Las Vegas. Income taxes, Casino / Hotel room requirements, obtaining a gaming license, gaming vouchers that expire, Review Vs. Audit? A.I. in the surveillance room … and more are discussed. The 41st Annual Gaming Conference is happening May 14th & 15th in Las Vegas, NV.
Chad Marquardt is the director at CliftonLarsonAllen in Las Vegas since 2017. He studied at UNLV and earned B.B.A. in Finance, Financial Management Services and Accounting.
For more information about the Gaming Conference visit: www.NVCPA.org
The inaugural Reno Venture Conference will bring together active angel investors and the region’s rising startups to showcase to growing ecosystem of technology and talent in Northern Nevada. The two-day conference will include angel education workshops, panel discussions with active angel investors and pitches from the rising pre-seed and seed stage startups including the InNevator IoT Accelerator companies. The event will culminate with the announcement of funding into a select group of startups at all stages. This event will celebrate the successes seen in the region over the past few years and highlight new investment funds like the Reno Seed Fund.
Reno Venture Conference May 14th & 15th at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Visit their website for more information: www.RenoVentureConference.com
Marla is getting ready for an inspiring weekend May 4-5 at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino dedicated to diverse presentations for the health and wellness enthusiast and professional on all things alternative. Private sector health care strategies are on the rise, awakening an underground global movement offering alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry! Their incredible speakers come from over six different countries and will be covering subjects such as stem cells, advancements in water, cutting edge nutritional and supplement support, cancer detoxification, energy medicine, the micro-biome, quantum scalar plasma technology, and so much more!
Tickets: 1-Day Admission $249 or 2-Day Admission $499 available at their website: www.bioregenesisconference.com
Ron Justin is an inventor whose career has spanned working for the government one mile underground in the Nevada desert to starting, advising, and joining startups. In addition to being CEO of GroupGets and VP of Solutions at Breadware Inc., he currently serves as an advisory board member to SimpleSense Inc., WashSense Inc., and the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. An accidental 40 Under 40 Award Winner from the Pacific Coast Business Times and YEC member. Ron has taken numerous products from “ideation” to market for the US Government, TrackR and other wireless telecom ventures. Ron can usually be found somewhere on a mountain bike or snowboard in the Sierra Nevadas on any given weekend.
Visit his website: www.groupgets.com
Kyle McClelland is the owner of Have Lights Will Travel, a local electrical contractor that specializes in all things lights. Kyle began his career with Havelights in 2005 and purchased the company outright in 2017. Kyle attended the University of Nevada and obtained his degree in Management of Information Systems in 2009. Kyle is the current President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Reno Tahoe, the President Elect of PLASMA and serves at a Membership Committee Member for the Executives Association of Reno.
Visit their website: www.havelights.com
Co-owners Steedman and Delisle opened the doors to Nevada Sunset Winery in summer of 2017. The business is an alternating proprietorship; there are a total of three wineries under one roof. It's what Steedman calls a good business model. "We pay one third the rent, we have a common area where we work on the grapes, we produce our grapes, crush – press, and bottle”. They manage a 3-acre vineyard in Fallon, Nevada and are looking forward to making Nevada grow wine.
Visit their website: www.nevadasunsetwinery.com
Nevada Vinny Awards April 25th. For more information visit: www.nvandw.com
Fire Chief Dave Cochran has over 20 years of experience with the Reno Fire Department. Hired as a firefighter in April 1998, Dave was promoted to the rank of Fire Equipment Operator in 2006, Captain in 2007, Division Chief in 2012 and Fire Chief in 2016.
Mike Koch is the owner of Koch Elevator Co. established April 2002. Koch Elevator is a local family-owned elevator company that specializes in installation, repair and modernization of mobility equipment. They offer all levels of mobility solutions including: commercial elevators, residential elevators, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, auto lifts, etc.
All things Business, Taxes and Opportunity Zone! Hear from Mike Bosma and Katrina Loftin as they wrap up Reno’s Opportunity Zone Summit on March 19-20th and discuss the current tax season!
Don’t forget, Mike gives a FREE One Hour Consult to go over your finances!
www.claconnect.com // https://mabusinessadvisors.com
Dave Archer is President & CEO of NCET. Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology is a member supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.
Brian Wilcox serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for BlackRidge Technology International. Mr. Wilcox came to BlackRidge from the public sector after serving as the State of Nevada CISO.
Nevada Vinny Awards Thursday April 25th, 7pm at the Hidden Valley Country Club. $35 ticket are a tax deductible donation to Nevada Vines & Wines, a 501 ©(3)
Tom Ortiz is the owner of Sierra General, a real estate development company primarily focused on small to mid-size commercial and industrial projects. Mr. Ortiz is also co-founder of BIONIC LLC. BIONIC is a building system, which will allow builders to dramatically lower build time and cost. With over twenty-five years in the construction, development, and logistics industry, Mr. Ortiz has a strong and proven background in business development, project development, project financing, team building and leadership, construction, marketing, and project sales.
Visit: sierrageneral.com to find out what Opportunity Zone Projects are happening!
Get your tickets for Reno Opportunity Zone Summit, March 19-20th at: www.believeinreno.com
Matt Drinen, CLA Director, St. Louis
Matt has a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Commercial Real Estate - University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - Washington University (St. Louis, MO).
Capital Gains, Funding, Investing - The Northern Nevada OZ Summit will gather experts who will clarify the rules and regulations of OZ funds, timing requirements, and tax implications. Throughout the program, developers and fund managers who have successfully completed OZ deals will share real life examples and best practices.
Learn more at: http://believeinreno.com
Northern Nevada Opportunity Zone - Reno, Nevada - March 19 & 20, 2019. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com and they are selling fast!
Brian McArdle, EDAWN Vice President, Entrepreneurial Development.
The Opportunity Zone Program (OZ) is a tax incentive established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Its purpose is to foster investment into low-income and rural communities by allowing those who invest to defer and reduce their capital gains liability, and potentially pay ZERO tax on earnings from the investment. There are 8,700 designated opportunity zones nationwide, and analysts predict that billions (and potentially trillions) of capital gains dollars will be invested into Opportunity Zones.
Northern Nevada Opportunity Zone - Reno, Nevada - March 18 & 19, 2019. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com and they are selling fast!
Leslie McCarroll, Publisher for Bliss Babe Magazine.
BlissBabe.com is a women’s beauty, fitness and lifestyle multi-platform publication, which empowers women to be their best at any level, age, orientation, life stage while assisting women to fulfill their desire and passion Giving women the opportunity and tools to live a life full of purpose while becoming physically and mentally fit.
Amanda is the publisher and editor of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, which debuted in March 2010. The magazine celebrates and supports the local food and drink movement, which includes local farmers, ranchers, artisan and craft food and drink makers, home gardeners, chefs, distillers, brewers, and more.
Edible Reno-Tahoe is a food and drink magazine with a mission. With the high rates of diabetes, obesity, and other health concerns, it’s more important than ever that people learn how to eat better. The publication points readers to healthy, nutritious food sources. Another mission is to support environmentally friendly practices. The magazine is “green,” printing on recycled and uncoated paper with soy ink and covering environmental topics that relate to local food and drink. In addition, it’s edible Reno-Tahoe’s mission to stimulate the local economy by highlighting local businesses.
Hired as Executive Director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in 2002, Christi leads her small staff to coordinate more than 100 volunteer cleanup and beautification events that engages approximately 5,000 volunteers, and educates more than 4,000 youth each year. Under her leadership, KTMB has undertaken several innovative initiatives including the Great Community Cleanup and Truckee River Cleanup Day that now engages close to 1,000 volunteers every spring and fall.
Working in partnership with local and federal agencies, KTMB developed and continues to lead the Illegal Dumping Task Force which pursues ways to prevent illegal dumping including educating residents and elected officials about the dangers and negative impacts of blight. Christi’s persistence and tenacity helped provide the spark needed to create what has evolved into the One Truckee River Partnership and Management Plan to guide local municipalities and agencies who want to protect the river.
During the past 17 years in the medical device industry, Mr. Nemovicher has witnessed an ever growing, and now huge, disconnect between increasing implant costs and hospital reimbursement. When he became aware that a patient was charged over $120,000 for his orthopaedic implants, he realized that he had to do something to correct this destructive trend.
In Aug 2010, he co-founded The Orthopaedic Implant Company where he brings passion and commitment to the cause of reversing the wave of rising implant costs. Mr. Nemovicher gained much of his medical implant experience at Smith & Nephew Orthpaedics, a $3B medical device company.
Prior to working with Smith & Nephew, Mr. Nemovicher was a co-founding member of Keneisys Corp, a security software company and patent holder of the Virtual StrongBox™ Security Platform. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Nemovicher was responsible for overseeing product development, back and front office operations, business development initiatives and participating in fund raising efforts.
Kaya Bromley is an attorney, developer, author, and entrepreneur. She serves as General Counsel for Community Ventures-RE, a Reno-based real estate consulting firm. Ms. Bromley is the co-founder of the Reno-Sparks Opportunity Zone Task Force which is a group of government officials, private developers, economic development authorities, attorneys, CPAs, and stakeholders whose mission is to educate the community about OZ and to connect OZ funds with deals. She has advised multiple OZ projects and funds in the Greater Reno-Sparks area, and she has partnered with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development to sponsor the Northern Nevada OZ Summit in February 2019. She is the author of the book, “The Employer’s Guide to Obamacare” which was published in 2014. She has served as General Counsel for Marco’s Pizza, outside counsel for Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and as Executive Director for the National Jack-in-the-Box Franchisee Association.
Annie is an award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist. Annie is the owner of Flanz Writes, a Reno-based business that offers writing, editing, strategy, and other content services. Before launching Flanz Writes in 2016, Flanzraich was the Creative Development Manager of RGJ Media and led a team of editors, designers, and web strategists to produce 75 publications and online efforts each year. She also oversaw RENO Magazine as its editor in chief. A UNR alumni, Flanzraich graduated from the Reynold’s School of Journalism in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American History.
Rod is the Director of counseling for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC), located in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. As such, he directs the counseling efforts statewide, as well as running a local counseling office out of the Ansari Business Building at UNR. Rod has a degree in Ag Economics, is a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Economic Development Professional, has completed the CPA exam, is a management professor at UNR as well as at Sierra College in Truckee.
Rod is involved in the community through his board positions with Munimetrix, a locally owned for profit business, and is currently on the board of Nevada State Development Corporation and Entrepreneurs Assembly. Based on the commonality of business types throughout his history, he has dealt with a significant number of businesses in: food and beverage; legal issues; business taces; access to capital (ie. loans); business purchases and sales; franchises; non-franchised licensing opportunities; childcare; and a smattering of others.